Built between 1705 and 1722 as a rare example of English Baroque, the palace sits in 7 acres of rolling countryside.
It’s history is as fascinating as it’s aspect. Originally intended as a gift from a grateful nation to the 1st Duke of Marlborough for his military victories against the French and the Bavarians in the War of the Spanish
Succession, politics, intrigues and disagreements over funding soon caused delays.
Conceived by its architect, John Vanbrough, to be spectacular and impressive and combining the function of family home with mausoleum and national monument, he soon went over the top.
Parliament denied further funding, so did Queen Anne particularly because of her quarrels with the troublesome Duchess, and in the end, the Dukes had to pay out of their own, far from vast, fortune.
Vanbrough was replaced by Nicholas Hawksmoor, cheaper material and cheaper workmen were employed but finally the huge pile was inaugurated very much in the form the palace stands today.
Over the centuries, the financial problems continued until the 9th Duke married American Railroad Heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt whose fortune saved the day.
Good use is made of the palace today, also bringing in some funding.
Many other events during the year makes Blenheim Palace worth a visit or two.
You can check their website for all events.